Plans for a London Thanksgiving for the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle had been made towards the end of 1748, when a start had been made on the construction of a wooden framework in Green Park for a firework display, but international complications over the ratification of the Peace agreement, together with the unsuitability of the winter for outdoor entertainment, conspired to delay the celebrations until the following spring.' Since it was virtually certain that Handel would be involved in some way with the celebrations, it suited his own timetable that the Thanksgiving Day was delayed until April, but it meant that he had to concentrate on composing the music, and making arrangements for the performances, directly he had finished with the oratorios.
Didn't Handel go to Oxford in 1749? Donald Burrows Musical Times; Winter 2009; 150, 1909; Docstoc pg. 31 Re
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